The Chinook Salmon is the largest and most prized gamefish of the salmon family. After leaving their natal streams they spend can spend 2 years, but as many as 8 years, feeding in the North Pacific with many ranging thousands of miles away from where they were hatched. Most fish average 20 -30 pounds at maturity, but some specimens can reach weights of up to an astonishing 90 pounds! In addition to its large size, the Chinook is distinguished by its black gums, spotted blue-green back and a silver tail dotted with black spots. We do occasionally find them with very silver tails, rimmed with black and with very few spots. In BC the Chinook is often referred to as a Spring salmon while American anglers know them as Kings. Those fish over 30 pounds are called a Tyee, a coastal First Nations word meaning chief. Often rated as the best tasting, the Chinook has the highest oil content of all pacific salmon. The flesh colour can vary from pink, red, white, and even marbled.